DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Geoff Bodine and Dale Earnhardt are not the only drivers who came out winners in the twin qualifying races Thursday. Several drivers made it into the field on the strength of their showing in the races.
Among the drivers who made the Daytona 500 field by finishing in the top 15 Thursday were Butch Miller, Jack Pennington, and Rich Bickle Jr. Among the drivers not finishing in the top 15 were defending Winston Cup champion Rusty Wallace, Rob Moroso and Dick Trickle. All three will start Sunday, with Wallace starting 36th, Moroso 34th and Trickle 30th.
Moroso had mechanical problems and Trickle spun after leading for 25 laps in the second race, but Wallace just can't figure out how to race using the restrictor plates at Daytona and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Cars at those tracks use carburetor restrictor plates to slow speeds.
'We're not handling yet,' Wallace said. 'We're down on power, but we have to put up with what we're running. We can control our handling, and (we're) going to work on that. We'll have a whole new setup (Friday) morning.'NEWLN:------
Geoff Bodine will start the Daytona 500 in the No. 1 starting position when Ken Schrader's Chevrolet gets shuffled back to the rear of the field Sunday, but the Ford driver doesn't seem too excited about that prospect.
Schrader, who won the pole for the third straight year, wrecked his car in the qualifying race and will start a backup car.
'Does it pay any extra money?' Bodine asked. 'Do I get the pole plaque before the race? Well, it's not that big a deal. I just hope we can keep it out front the whole race.'NEWLN:------
There are two races at Daytona International Speedway on Friday. At noon, there will be a 100-mile race between 22 drivers vying for the final 10 spots in Saturday's Goody's 300 for Grand National cars.
The top 10 finishers will own the 35th through 44th starting positions in Saturday's race. Among the drivers in the qualifying race are Michael Waltrip, Geoff Bodine, Mark Martin and Patty Moise.
'I think it's a heck of a note that this is the same car, with the same engine, that sat on the pole in Charlotte, and we didn't even make the field for the Goody's 300 in qualifying,' Waltrip said. 'I don't like having to be in the qualifying race, but we're going to learn from it. I hope to win it.'
At 1:30 p.m. there is a 200-mile race for cars in the NASCAR Dash series, four-cylinder vehicles such as Ford Probes and Pontiac Sunbirds. Jeff Collier is the polesitter in a Ford following his record-breaking qualifying lap of 166.553 mph.